Ched bats for SUC system in region

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013


THE Commission on Higher Education (Ched) in the region passed a resolution requesting support for the establishment of a Cordillera Administrative Region State University and Colleges University System (CARSUCs-US).

During the third quarter meeting of the Regional Social Development Committee (RSDC) held recently, Ched Regional Director Luisa Valencia, on behalf of the Cordillera Administrative Region Association of State Universities and Colleges (CARASUC), informed that the Ched has adopted in its long-term higher education plan, strategies toward rationalizing higher education by amalgamating state universities and colleges and reduce by at least 10 percent the number of SUCs in the country.

She explained that amalgamation is the integration and working together of SUCs to achieve common objectives and for faster institutional development.
It may range from loose affiliation into merger forming a single Regional University System (RUS). The amalgamation of SUCs removes the overlapping and duplication of programs by means of reducing the number of higher education institution (HEIs) into a RUS.

According to Valencia, the six SUCs in the region namely the Abra State Institute of Science and Technology, Apayao State College, Benguet State University, Ifugao State University, Kalinga-Apayao State College and Mountain Province State Polytechnic College have voluntarily agreed and committed themselves towards integration as a RUS.

Valencia said in March 2012, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Ched and the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges in the region for the implementation of a project involving the conduct of pre-amalgamation activities of the six SUCs in CAR.

Various pre-amalgamation activities led by the Ifugao State University president Serafin Ngohayon have been conducted since then, she added.

The RSDC endorsed the Ched proposal to the Regional Development Council for support. (Maria Aprila Cruz)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 04, 2013.

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